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Data Management Plan Template: Accessing Data from Research Data Centres (CRDCN)

Gibson, Grant

The Canadian Research Data Centre Network (CRDCN) template summarizes the data management that is conducted by Statistics Canada and the CRDCN on behalf of researchers. While there are some advantages to working inside the RDC for data management, there is also a substantial drawback: RDC data can never be deposited in a repository in accordance with the recommended best practices for research data management. Because of this, researchers should be mindful of other options to engage in best practices. In addition to ensuring that the RDC project folder is well documented, and consistent with the research output, researchers should curate a supporting data deposit at a recognized repository in their discipline or within the Federated Research Data Repository (FRDR) containing metadata, syntax (code that produces a statistical output), and any other supporting material for the research project.

This template is for researchers who are doing RDC work using Statistics Canada data available in the RDC only (i.e. there is no supplemental data, public use statistics, or any other information that complements the RDC work). If your work is being conducted in the RDC in concert with other data that you either intend to bring into the RDC or work on outside the RDC in parallel to your RDC work, then the RDC and External Analysis template should be completed. 

For more information, visit www.crdcn.org.
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